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The Maryland Nurse – February 2018

The Maryland Nurse – February

The MARYLAND Nurse News and Journal The Official Publication of the Maryland Nurses Association A State Nurses Association, Representing Maryland’s Professional Nurses Since 1904. Harford Community College News Pages 4-5 Volume 19 • Issue 2 February, March, April 2018 Circulation 80,000 to all Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Student Nurses in Maryland President’s Message Inside this Issue... ANA 2017 Leadership Summit Page 19 MNA Seeking Chief Staff Officer. ................ 3 Schools of Nursing News. ................... 4-8 Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2018 AANP State Awards for Excellence Selected ..... 9 ES-FAMI: An Opportunity to Expand Your Teaching Skills and Teach in a Clinical Setting. . . . 10-11 Combatting the Effects of Nurse Fatigue .......... 11 Medical Cannabis in Maryland: Are Nurses Asking the Right Questions? . . . . . . . . .12 MONL News. ............................. 13 District News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-17 RISNA’s Earn and Learn CE Cruise to Bermuda. . . . . .17 Membership ............................18-19 MNA News ............................... 19 Dear Colleagues, It’s an amazing time to be a Registered Nurse. The power of nursing is being recognized like never before, and opportunities for active involvement in all aspects of health care continue to surface. MNA membership is nearing a record high and the commitment of the leadership team remains strong. Every member plays an important role in our mission, from the bedside to the boardroom. As Mary Kay DeMarco, PhD, RN, CNE we embrace the challenges of 2018, I would like to share how every Registered Nurse can contribute to the valuable work of our organization. I had the honor of representing Maryland at the American Nurses Association (ANA) Leadership Summit in November. How encouraging it was to realize that Maryland RNs are actively engaged in so many national, state, and local efforts to promote and protect nursing and the public that we serve. As I highlight some initiatives of ANA and MNA, I think you might see yourself and the value of your voice for nursing. In 2017, ANA encouraged all Registered Nurses to practice what we preach with Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation. So often we take care of others at the expense of ourselves. I hope that everyone took the time to act on simple measures to stay healthy and role model best practices for those that we serve. I was personally amazed at the wealth of information on the ANA website. As many of our members have embraced this challenge, I hope you will share your efforts with friends, and with me, through my email at mkdemarco@ As we are challenged to maintain personal health, we must also continue to discover ways to promote workplace safety and end nurse abuse. I can assure you that this theme remains important to the ANA and MNA leadership teams. It was encouraging to hear that many states are working to keep nurses safe in the workplace. In the coming months, MNA will continue efforts to promote best practices for workplace protection. Everyone can play a role in finding solutions for workplace violence. Be sure to report any incident that involves threatening, physical, or emotional violence. Under reporting is an issue that minimizes the reality of the crisis. Be involved in your workplace and ask what is being done to reduce risks of abuse of health care professionals. Abuse is not acceptable and I ask you to send me your stories to help continue our work to protect nurses. As a nation, we continue to face the problems of opioid abuse. Many efforts exist to combat the battle, and the discussion at ANA was interesting. Many state representatives relayed the problem seen by nurses known as Naloxone (Narcan) fatigue or reversal fatigue, the vicious cycle of people receiving the life-saving antidote and then, shortly thereafter, overdosing again. See some interesting perspectives from North Carolina here: opiates-opioid-harm-reduction-health/ Another fascinating discussion involved the introduction of the 5th vital sign. How should nursing continue to address pain? We must continue these discussions and look for ways to prevent opioid abuse while assisting those suffering from pain. What are you doing in your practice that you can share to help others? This year, ANA initiates the year of Advocacy, At the Bedside and Beyond. Patient advocacy is in our blood, it is basic to the role of the nurse. Not surprisingly, nurses also act to influence and recommend important decisions for our profession and health care. Several Maryland nursing groups engage with Congress members each year in Washington DC at lobbying events. Our Legislative Committee is very active and support or question Maryland regulation and legislation that affects our practice and the health of our citizens. MNA’s Nurses Night in Annapolis is scheduled for February 19th, and I know that we will have strong numbers in attendance. Advocacy can take place in simple ways, participation in staff meetings, committees, and patient education are examples of the everyday work we do to influence and promote change. Registered Nurses serving on boards and councils that affect the communities where we live and work demonstrate an important role of advocacy. What do you do as a Registered Nurse advocate? I challenge everyone to send me your story. I will highlight stories I receive in future issues of The Maryland Nurse. Please let me know how you make a difference. Thanks to all members of the MNA Leadership team and thanks for the hard work of all Maryland Nurses. Best, current resident or Presort Standard US Postage PAID Permit #14 Princeton, MN 55371 A Flash From the Past Who Are These Two Nurses? Be the first person to e-mail both nurses names to the editor and win a prize!!